A US Squash pilot program in support of officiating for college started recently. Offered to all top 10 ranked men’s and women’s teams, the pilot gives teams the option to have dual matches officiated by impartial, US Squash certified officials.
The initiative launched during two recent St. Lawrence University men’s home matches—against Yale University on January 20 and Harvard University on January 29. The presence of the officials appeared to have the desired effect of allowing players and coaches to focus on their team’s performance and less on the calls.
The pilot program utilizes certified referees to officiate matches, and work with the coaches to maintain standards of sportsmanship and conduct for both players and fans. It also ensures the matches use Club Locker’s Live Scoring capabilities so fans around the world are able to track the results live. US Squash will apply learnings from the pilot program to improve it for next season, extend it more broadly to more teams, and to recruit more officials. It is anticipated the program will expand the number of US Squash certified referees in each region.
The next implementation will take place at the St. Lawrence – Trinity College at 12:00pm on Sunday, February 12. Fans will be able to follow the scores live on www.clublocker.com.